The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working in 13 rural counties to reduce patients’ risk for heart disease and stroke through care coordination. The counties selected for the program have the highest percentage of adults with a history of...
A program to train nurse practitioners at North Dakota State University was awarded a $513,992 grant to help prepare family nurse practitioners to serve rural areas. The grant will help NDSU to promote clinical education in rural health care shortage areas....
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $1.5 million to establish clinical experiences for health professions students in rural areas of the state, launching...
Arkansas has the third highest maternal mortality rate in the country. State Representative Greg Leding proposed a study to research the problems Arkansas women go through during pregnancy and child birth. According to United Health Foundation's 2016 Health of Women and...
Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona and Centene Corp's Ambetter by Health Net have filed paperwork to continue offering individual health plans on federal exchanges in 2018, Last year, one Arizona county was briefly left without a health insurance provider. Blue Cross sells...
Alaska is seeing a surge in opioid and heroin addiction, along with a massive increase in diseases connected to injecting drugs, particularly Hepatitis C. In rural areas areas of the state, people tend not to have regular access to clean syringes, which...
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has awarded a $200,000 grant to Capstone Rural Health Center in Walker County. The funds will go toward the construction of a 9,600-square foot clinic that will replace Capstone’s existing modular...
The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded a $1.4 million, two-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the Rural Academic Practice Partnership (RAPP) for Northeastern Minnesota. The RAPP initiative will improve access to care, quality...
Blue Cross of Idaho announced it will it will remain in the 2018 individual market, offering on and off exchange qualified health plans in every county in Idaho. “As an Idaho-based not-for-profit organization, we only sell health insurance products in...
Anthem Inc., the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, announced it will no longer offer plans through the government-run health insurance exchange in rural Nevada counties. Prominence Health Plan also recently announced it will...
With Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature on SB 1107/HB 2697, Texas becomes the last state to allow physicians to connect with new patients via telehealth. The action puts to rest a long-simmering debate between telemedicine advocates and providers over whether...
Michigan's new telehealth law, which took effect March 21, 2017, imposes new telehealth practice standards, including restrictions on prescribing controlled substances via telemedicine. The law does not state that an in-person examination is required before delivering telehealth services, but a provider...
A federal program offering loan forgiveness for college graduates working in public or nonprofit sectors may be on the chopping block in the soon-to-be-released Trump administration budget. The program, created by the George W. Bush administration to encourage more people to...
The little brown church in Nashua, Iowa, has a certain notoriety. In the mid-1800s, a music teacher passing through the town wrote a song about a church that he envisioned there. It was a perfectly prophetic gesture. A few years...